It is not an easy task to care for someone who is blind or visually impaired. If someone you live with and/or care for has lost or is losing the ability to see, you should concentrate on some important areas to decide what to change.
First of all, you should realize that for anyone experiencing vision loss, the experience is going to be very emotional. Feelings of shock, fear, loneliness, and a sense of isolation are not unusual. On a practical level, those suffering from vision loss will wonder how they are going to cope. They will be coming to terms with what it means for almost every aspect of their life.
It’s vital, therefore, to discuss any changes with the visually impaired person so they can play an active role in what is happening. Otherwise, feelings of isolation can be heightened.
Visually impaired often experience loneliness from society as it is hard for them to get outside and interact with other people due to lack of social awareness and support. People are people. By nature, we are social beings who enjoy interaction with each other and getting involved with social activities.
Leave things where they are. When you’re in a blind person’s home or office, don’t move objects around. Even if you think you’re helping or “tidying up,” your actions may cause the person to search for the items you moved.
Always give directions to a blind person according to the way they are facing and/or preface directions. Don’t point, and if you must use specific street or landmark names, check to be sure they are familiar with the area first. Our expert caregivers will always treat a blind or visually impaired person normally, offering introductions and the same courtesies as any other care recipient would receive. They will be mindful of your condition at all times and will work to maintain your independence and lifestyle.
Whatever you choose, our care plans are completely built around your needs, giving you the right support from a fully trained caregiver who suits you and your lifestyle.